Legal Aid of Southeastern PA (“LASP”) seeks a full-time Paralegal for the West Chester Office. LASP serves individuals with limited income, older adults, veterans and domestic violence victims from Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery counties facing issues regarding housing, including landlord-tenant law and foreclosure; family law; protection from domestic violence; consumer; employment; and public benefits. The West Chester Office serves Chester County residents facing these issues. The Paralegal must be a team player, willing to handle a multitude of duties as needed. Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel and experience with case management systems and bankruptcy software or an ability to quickly learn these and other computer skills is desirable. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required. Applicants may apply for a medical or religious exemption. Staff currently work on a hybrid basis depending on the current state of the Coronavirus in the service area. The successful candidate will be expected to perform in-office work, be able to work remotely as needed, and support LASP’s in-person outreach efforts throughout Chester County.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following:
1. Interview applicants and clients by phone to determine eligibility; issue spot, ascertain and investigate relevant facts; and conduct legal research;
2. Under supervision of an attorney, triage calls, evaluate merit of cases, explain legal concepts, and prepare correspondence and documents to assist in the representation of clients;
3. Create and maintain case files in LASP's computer case management system, complete administrative tasks including, but not limited to, entering notes and time into the case management system;
4. Manage a caseload by taking prompt action on assigned cases;
5. Organize information and use technical resources so that information necessary to assist applicants and clients is easy to access and can be transferred to other staff for extended representation;
6. Become engaged in LASP team efforts to achieve office and program goals, including participating in program-wide affinity groups and task forces;
7. Develop knowledge of relevant law and community referral resources through training, CLE, and other educational opportunities;
8. Participate in assigned community outreach and education activities;
9. Abide by all professional and ethical standards of excellence;
10. Develop forms and run reports to ensure compliance with grants and contracts;
11. Perform other duties as assigned or necessary for the effective operation of the office.
SUPERVISOR: Chester County Managing Attorney
LASP is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate in the recruitment, selection, or advancement of employees on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age (40 or older), disability, genetic information or on any other basis prohibited by law.